Using her legs, a camera and its self-timer, Isabelle Wenzel challenges her body in series of artistic photography.
Isabelle Wenzel’s got a thing for a good pair of pins – her own, for a matter of fact. So much so that she’s spent the past five years photographing them in all their glory. Her images, deliberately faceless, often show her legs taking on a life of their own. “I don’t like to show faces, they irritate me since they stand imminently for a specific personality,” she explains. “I do like to look at a body that in its headlessness becomes its own working organism.”
Obsessed from a young age by the possibility to overcome gravity, Wenzel says, ”For me, legs are connected with power and movement. This is, of cause, a contradiction, since I’m using a medium that freezes everything and turns them into objects.” Made up of a combination of quick thinking and strength, she also explains that there is very little post-production involved – mostly just playing with colour and exposure. “My main challenge is that my archive is constantly growing, I like to play around and find new ways of how to look at it to get surprising combinations.”
Originally setting up the self-portraits in her studio in Amsterdam, the 28-year-old photographer has recently moved her work into the great outdoors. Forgoing a camera remote for a timer, she revels in the time pressure between hitting the button and contorting herself into one of her many, mind-bending positions. “I’m performing an act of trial and error, connected with a lot of improvisation and giving up control. I like to work on my own so communication is instant and the process becomes quicker,” she explains, adding “I’m like a photoholic, that is my gift and perdition at the same time.”
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